Online Learning Sucks: Don’t pay $50,000 a year to take classes in your pajamas

American universities are in a tight spot. When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, almost all of them closed their campuses and switched to online instruction. Result? Students filed hundreds of lawsuits against the colleges, claiming–rightly in my opinion–that online teaching is inferior to face-to-face instruction and wasn’t what they paid for. In many … Read more

Covid Delayed Foreclosures to Begin But CFPB Softens the Blow

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced new rules to assist homeowners to attempt to avoid foreclosure now that the protections against forclosing have phased out. CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio. “An unchecked wave of foreclosures would drain billions of dollars in wealth from the Black and Hispanic communities hardest hit by the pandemic … Read more

College Students Sue Their Universities for Tuition Refunds After Schools Went to Online Instruction Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Richard Fossey & Todd A. DeMitchell As Inside Higher Education reported last spring, college students in several states sued their universities for tuition refunds after the schools switched from face-to-face instruction to an online format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of cases have been filed all over the United States against both … Read more

FTC Attempts to Disinfect Us From Unknown Scammers

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The case filed yesterday by the Federal trade commission (FTC) caught my eye because you don’t often see a case filed against “one or more unknown parties deceiving consumers.” It appears the FTC just got fed up with a scammer claiming to sell products from Lysol and Clorox in this moment of Covid. Whoever the … Read more

Coronavirus Evictions Coming Fast

As tenants across Florida lost their jobs and incomes during the coronavirus pandemic, executives at Axiom Realty Partners LLC, whose portfolio includes at least nine apartment buildings throughout the Southeast, applied pressure on some tenants to either pay rent or move out. One Axiom tenant, who asked that her name not be used for fear … Read more

How to Figure Out if Bankruptcy Makes Sense Because of COVID

In the past few months, the United States has experienced unprecedented job losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay at home or closure orders have shuttered businesses, raised the unemployment rate to higher levels than seen in the 2008-2009 recession and left many wondering how they are going to pay their bills. As Bloomberg reports, … Read more

FTC Sends Second Round of Warning Letters to Multi-Level Marketers Regarding Coronavirus Related Health and Earnings Claims

The Federal Trade Commission today announced it has sent six letters warning multi-level marketing companies (MLMs) to remove and address claims about their products’ ability to treat or prevent coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) or about the earnings people who have recently lost income can make, or both. This is the second set of warning letters to … Read more

Millennials Get Financially Screwed the Most From COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing similar financial hardship for consumers around the world, but new research indicates that Millennials (those persons between the ages 26-40) are being challenged the most. A just-released TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) global report including seven regions on five continents found that three in four Millennials (76%) worldwide indicated their household incomes … Read more

I Got Laid Off, Lived on Credit, and Now Looking for the Best Way to Consolidate My Debt

Question: Dear Steve, I was laid off for a year and tried to start a business. The same company hired me back this year and due to COVID the business was put in the back burner. I am an essential employee now. During that year due to not having a job and starting a business, … Read more

The Ultimate Coronavirus Emergency Get Out of Debt Guide

When it comes to dealing with your debt, coronavirus changes everything you know, assume or believe. As I said in The Coronavirus Might Just Kill Your Finances Before It Kills Anyone You Know, the financial implications from this pandemic are serious and severe. So let’s talk honestly about crisis debt reality. This is the honest … Read more